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Mubarak's sons and Ahmed Shafiq acquitted of corruption charges

Ahram Online, Thursday 19 Dec 2013
Gamal Mubarak and Alaa Mubarak during trials
Gamal Mubarak and Alaa Mubarak during trials (Photo: Reuters)
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A Cairo criminal court acquitted early Thursday former PM and ex-presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, as well Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, of embezzling public funds in the Pilots' Association for Land Development trial.

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's former aviation minister Shafiq headed the Pilots' Association for Land Development in 1992. He was accused by the general prosecution of having seized 40,000 metres of land belonging to fishing farms and illegally allocating them to the association before reselling them to Mubarak's sons at lower than market price.

The criminal court also acquitted former Air Force generals Nabil Shoukry and Mohamed Reda, both former association officials who faced charges in the same trial.

Shafiq, who was tried in absentia, currently resides in Dubai. He left Egypt after his defeat in the presidential election runoff to the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi in 2012. 

The former Air Force commander is facing another corruption trial, the verdict of which will be announced later Thursday. 

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak also face additional trials for corruption-related crimes.
 

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Sam Enslow
20-12-2013 10:47am
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Frozen funds
Without commenting on the verdict itself, all of the acquittals will make it impossible for other countries to continue freezing funds claimed by the Mubarak regime. If these people have done nothing wrong, there is no justification for not returning their assets to them.
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Angela
19-12-2013 03:58pm
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Not surprised by this ruling
These just in, the courts have acquitted Heinrich Himmler of all charges. The court stated that Himmler was just following orders. After the ruling Himmler’s name was placed as a candidate for the next election.
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Tarik Toulan
20-12-2013 01:52am
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Faulty analogy
I think you are quite wrong trying to draw an analogy between Mr Shafiq together with Mubarak's sons and the Nazi Himmler. Perhaps a criminal such as Himmler could rightfully be analogous to the Muslim Brotherhood thugs and traitors whose one-year discriminatory rule was the worst reign in Egypt's modern history, and who, like the Nazis, depended heavily on false propaganda in order for them to come to power.
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